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Aging Specialist Undergraduate Certificate

Aging Specialist Undergraduate Certificate

Knowledge of aging is relevant to almost every area of study, and the Undergraduate Aging Specialist Certificate may supplement majors in various departments across campus, including, but not limited to, interdisciplinary studies, health sciences, leadership, social work, communication disorders, health care administration, psychology, sociology, hospitality management and dietetics and public health.

The information gained through completing this certificate program can help individuals not only in their careers but also in their personal lives as they and members of their families age. Job opportunities related to aging are numerous among many settings including health and wellness companies, senior housing, advocacy and policy organizations, financial services, biotechnology, social service agencies, and academic and research settings.

Current WKU Students

New Students

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate as a standalone credential:

Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application.

Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Certificate
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Aging Specialist Certificate
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor

Helpful Tips to Complete the Admission Application

The 15-semester-hour program includes 6 required hours in gerontology and 9 hours distributed across the three categories below. GERO 490 Independent Study in Gerontology (1-6 credits) and GERO 495 Topics in Gerontology (1-3 credits) may be counted towards the certificate. 

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand. 

Required Courses (6 hours)

GERO 100

Introduction to the Aging Experience (Offered fall, winter, spring, and summer)

GERO 485

Seminar in Gerontology (fall and spring)

Electives (9 hours)

Choose one from each category

Biomedical and Health Services (3 hours)

HMD 367

Nutrition for the Aging Population (spring)

PH 443

Health and Aging (spring)

PH 464

Women’s Health (fall, spring, summer)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)

PH 444

Death, Dying and Bereavement (spring and summer)

PSYS 423

Psychology of Adult Life and Aging (fall, spring, and summer)

SOCL 342

Aging in Society (fall, winter, spring, and summer)

Administration, Policy, and Management (3 hours)

HCA 340

Health Care Organization and Management (fall, winter, spring, and summer)

HCA 345

Long-term Care Administration (summer and fall)

HCA 353

Quality in Long-Term Care (fall and spring)

HCA 355

Nursing Facility Administration (spring)

PLS 395

Estate Planning and Administration (fall)

Aging Specialist Advisor

Professor Marybeth Hunt 
Phone: (270) 745-3177
Email: marybeth.hunt@wku.edu
Department Website: wku.edu/aging/aging_specialist.php

WKU Online:

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: 888-4WKUWEB / 888-495-8932        
Email: learn.online@wku.edu


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 8/22/19